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UNISON is the UK’s largest health union. Over 400,000 members work for the NHS and for private contractors providing NHS services.

More than 60,000 UNISON members work in the NHS in Scotland. Our members working in the health service include nurses, student nurses, midwives, health visitors, healthcare assistants, paramedics, occupational therapists, cleaners, porters, catering staff, medical secretaries, clerical and admin staff and scientific and technical staff.

See also important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies.

How we organise – Standing up for Scotland’s health service workers

UNISON organisers and activists work together to make sure our members’ concerns are heard – whether it’s about pay, health and safety, discrimination or the future of our NHS.

UNISON represents our members working in health services in Scotland in many ways:

  • Offering help and advice at work;
  • Lobbying the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government on issues our members care about;
  • Having a strong voice on the Scottish partnership organisations, which negotiate terms and conditions issues for NHS Scotland staff;
  • Raising our members professional/local concerns or by highlighting issues that will affect all health workers at a national level.
  • Standing up for Scotland’s health service

But as well as representing our members in the workplace – UNISON cares passionately about the future of the NHS as a publicly funded service that is free at the point of delivery. The NHS is a public service we can all be proud of, and UNISON wants to keep it that way.

Coronavirus latest

Scottish Government – Programme for Government 2021-22

The Programme for Government for 2021-22 has been announced. This sets out the Scottish Government's legislative programme and other administrative ... Read More

Tom Waterson, chair of health committee.

It is with sad regret that we have to advise that our good friend and comrade Tom Waterson, Chair UNISON ... Read More

Pensions Update: Online Meeting To Outline Proposed Changes

A virtual meeting to update members on proposed changes to their pension scheme contributions will take place on August 31st ... Read More

e-brief: National Care Service Consultation

The Scottish Government has published its proposals for a National Care Service. The three-month consultation period ends on 18 October ... Read More

Scottish Health Awards 2021

UNISON Scotland is supporting this year's Scottish Health Awards. These awards recognise those that go above and beyond to improve ... Read More

Tackling mental health at work, resources for branches

Two new reports from UNISON Scotland launched in The Herald on Sunday (1 August) are about supporting branches to tackle ... Read More

NHS Scotland Pensions Update July 2021

UNISON will soon be consulting with members about proposed changes their pension contributions. The NHS Pensions Scheme (Scotland) Scheme Advisory ... Read More

Scottish government self-isolation rules are not an appropriate or well evidenced response to address the current staffing crisis

UNISON’s statement was made following the Scottish government’s publication of new self-isolation rules providing an exemption for critical staff, published ... Read More

e- brief UNISON Health Team meet the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care

This week UNISON Scotland health activists and staff met with the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Humza ... Read More

Student paramedics to receive a bursary equal to nurses and midwives is welcomed by UNISON campaign

UNISON has been campaigning with Pay Student Paramedics Campaign for many months for paramedic students in Scotland to receive an ... Read More

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Latest briefings and submissions

Prohibiting Smoking Outside Hospital Buildings

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UNISON generally welcomes the principle of introducing new measures to end the practice of smoking on hospital grounds. We agree ...
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On 20 December 2018, the Court of Appeal in Lord Chancellor v McCloud (and others) held that in relation to ...
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UNISON WEEK 261 – SOS: Stressed out Staff in Scotland’s colleges and more …

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Our weekly newsletter covering our new UNISON Scotland report - SOS: Stressed out Staff in Scotland's colleges & more … ...
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UNISON Week 260 – An emergency but no accident, Equal Pay update, HE Consultation & more

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Our weekly newsletter covering our latest Damage Report 'An emergency but no accident', Equal Pay update,  HE Consultation & more ...
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UNISON’s response to the proposed Bill on Culpable Homicide

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UNISON's Submission to the consultation on Claire Baker MSP’s proposed Bill on Culpable Homicide. Read the full submission here ...
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Policy Briefing 105 Draft Scottish Budget 2019/20

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Our latest policy briefing sets out the key points of the Draft Scottish Budget for 2019/20. Here is our brief ...
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